Choose To Read Ohio

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Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) spotlights Ohio authors and promotes reading across Ohio. The State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association and Ohio Center for the Book encourage Ohioans of all ages to read and enjoy books together.

Every two years, CTRO develops a booklist featuring representative titles for all ages. The CTRO booklist for 2013 and 2014 features books by Ohio authors and illustrators including Jan Wahl, Tim Bowers, Arnold Adoff, Cinda Williams Chima, Paula McLain, and Ted Gup.

The CTRO booklist for 2011 and 2012 includes 20 books to discover by Will Hillenbrand, Denise Fleming, Virginia Hamilton, Angela Johnson, J. Patrick Lewis, and Jennifer Chiaverini. The CTRO booklist for 2009 and 2010 includes 15 notable books by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Jaime Adoff, Toni Morrison, and others.

Free, downloadable, resource-packed toolkits are available for all books.  Toolkits include author biographies and photos, discussion questions and activity ideas, websites to explore, and other resources to enhance the reading experience. 

CTRO can be used in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, by book discussion groups, families, and community groups.  Participation may be as simple as a book group selecting a title to discuss, or as elaborate as a multi-agency regional partnership with educational programming and special events. Promotional items and toolkits are free and available to anyone participating in CTRO.  No registration is required.


Teachers: don't miss Using Choose to Read Ohio in School: A Tipsheet for K-12 Educators to learn how CTRO supports academic content standards and 21st century skills, and provides great opportunities for integration and extension.

A CTRO Certificate of Participation is available for classes, library groups, and others who have completed a Choose to Read Ohio program and would like a document of participation.  Please email to request a certificate.

Keep in touch!  Email to be added to the CTRO email notification list. 

Choose to Read Ohio encourages Ohioans to Read Together, Read Ohio, Read for Life!

CTRO panel at the 2010 Ohioana Book Festival, 5/8/10.  From left: Karen Harper, David Giffels, Lisa Klein, Angela Johnson, Will Hillenbrand, Dan Chaon.

The Choose to Read Ohio website is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error-free. The Choose to Read Ohio website contains links to webpages from a variety of sources. These resources are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement by the State Library of Ohio. Users should properly evaluate online resources according to their research needs.

Most Recently Added

2013-2014 Booklist

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2013

Here is the brand-new 2013 & 2014 booklist, with twenty books for readers of all ages and interests.

CTRO Selection Criteria

 Document / Last Modified: 25 June 2012

Eligibility criteria for the Choose to Read Ohio program. Books and authors selected for inclusion must meet these qualifications.

2011-12 CTRO Toolkits: Tween Titles

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2012

Printable toolkits for The Brothers' War, Firegirl, The People Could Fly, Sweethearts of Rhythm, and Tuck Everlasting. Download/print as individual PDFs from this page. Click the desired file name to download.

Choose to Read Ohio Certificate of Participation

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2012

This is a sample certificate only. Please email Janet Ingraham Dwyer at to obtain your CTRO Certificate of Participation signed by the State Librarian and the Director of the Ohioana Library.

OCEA presentation

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2012

For OCEA Convention 10/4/11